Happy Friday, everyone! On Fridays I start thinking more about the weekend, because it’s almost upon us, and I don’t know about you, but I’m normally pretty ready for the weekend!
Recently my hubby and I had the back yard fenced in with a pretty white PVC-material privacy fence, and it’s opened a whole new range of options for us. One of them that I’m really pushing for is something I’m calling my “Star-Gazing Deck”. I LOVE looking at the stars at night, and I really want a specific place (that can be used during the day, of course) but is specifically used at night to lay out on and gaze at the stars! The perfect thing to do over the weekends, especially!
So imagine my surprise that, as we’re discussing putting a deck in the back yard and the implications of that, Tatum Williams from Distinctive Deck Designs contacted me with a guest post idea! She definitely made ME think, and I hope she’ll make you think, too! Here’s what she had to say…
There are many concerns when building a deck, one of which is what impact a deck can have on the environment. Since trees are constantly cut down to create the great deal of lumber needed for these projects, many people have decided to give composite decking a try. Depending on the company, composite decking can be made mostly out of recycled materials; for instance, Trex decking is primarily comprised of 95% recycled materials while saving 400 million pounds of plastic and wood from landfills a year. With every green conscious deck that is built, it is important to consider the materials you are using and the landscaping of the location before proceeding.
Some may argue that there are some natural materials out there that you could build your deck with that would not impact the Earth greatly, but with any removal of trees, you are affecting the eco-system of where that tree is harvested from. Buying composite decking that is made from recycled material not only saves eco-systems from further destruction, but makes use of all the discarded plastic and lumber that would otherwise be considered trash.
Composite decking is also easier to maintain. With a composite deck, there is no need to replace decaying or splintering boards from years of weathering, and also no need to stain your deck over and over again when things began to fade, decreasing your overall cost of the deck.
Making sure your location to build the deck is eco-responsible is essential to installing a green deck. Ask yourself if you would be killing any plants or native habitats in the region. If you have trees in your backyard, see if you can build in-between them rather than cutting them down to make room. Wrapping the deck around the tree is also a great way to sustain the environment and add a little something extra to your deck. You will be happy you kept the tree for the extra shade on those hotter days!
Certain accessories for your deck, such as lighting, have increased in popularity for people wanting to use their deck at night. You do not have to buy high voltage lights; there are a variety of solar powered lights for decking that range from stair lighting to flood lights.
Tatum Williams is the Marketing Representative for Distinctive Deck Designs, a company experienced in creating decks from composite materials. Distinctive Deck Designs knows that there are many environmentally conscious people out there that want a deck, but do not want to impact the environment in the process. If you’d like more information, contact them today for a free consultation and have the deck you have always dreamed about! (You’ve GOTTA check out their website – they have some beautiful examples of ways they can transform your outdoor space! CLICK HERE!)
Thanks, Tatum! I must admit that I hadn’t even given a thought to composite decking, building around existing trees or solar powered lights! All fantastic ideas! Are you reading this, honey?
And what about you? Do you have a deck? Are you planning to have one? What do you think about composite decking versus wood?